Triumphant - By David Hakim

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Triumphant

In June, 2007, I received the word, “Triumphant” from spirit with instructions to meditate and obtain their responses to the word.

Much have I desired and much have I been frustrated. Yet, perhaps I should call myself triumphant because I have risen above much of my desires and frustrations and feel secure in myself and in my spiritual helpers.

I am still searching, or shall I say opening myself to spirit messages so I can be of service.

I have learned that it is dangerous for me to look upon my life with a critical mind, because I can easily find fault with myself. I try to look at my life recognizing my contribution and whether I learned anything: anything at all!

By reading “The Awesome Sage” on this website, www.davidhakim.com, the reader can get some idea of my yearnings this lifetime. I have dreamt and I have dreamt high. Can dreams be greater than reality? Obviously, the answer is no, but one must dream first before he/she acts. Of course it is painful to dream and not have the dreams realized. Yet, many have found fulfillment by first dreaming, and sometimes the dream is modified into something greater.

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I am familiar with physical pain. Just this past Memorial Day my wife and I and some friends took a miniature train to the end of the line at the Detroit Zoo and walked back to the entrance. By the time we got back, my lower back, legs and feet were aching because of my severe flat feet. Thankfully, I wear arch supports which generally keep me walking.

So I guess one of the dreams of my youth, being a fast runner, may never be realized this lifetime. However, if I believe that the best is yet to come, perhaps it will. Just saying the word, “believe,” reminds me of the song, “I Believe,” which I hope to be singing again at the Americana Leadership College’s camp in Osceola, Iowa, early July (as far as I can remember, camp has always been in early July):

The URL for the words and music to the song, with an explanation why it was written, is
http://www.geocities.com/fvgrechus/GingersPianoPlacehomePageIBelieve.htm
but if you cannot open it, the words follow:

"I Believe"

Words and Music by Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham,
Jimmy Shirl, and Al Stillman

Jane Froman, preparing a television show in 1952, one day happened to see a letter from a serviceman then in Korea. She and her team of writers, particularly Ervin Drake who later recalled the incident, created "I Believe" as their reply to him and to everyone seeking a way to put honest basic faith into words. This was a "song that would give the average person hope," Drake said. Miss Froman's performance on the show "USA Canteen" was a great success, and the following year Frankie Laine's recording sold a million copies. As a result, he used the music practically as a theme song. Hit Parade analysts named "I Believe" the most successful song of 1953, and it won the Christophers' award as the finest inspirational tune of the year.

Lyrics

I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come to show the way.
I believe, I believe.

I believe above the storm the smallest pray'r will still be heard.
I believe that someone in the great somewhere hears eve'ry word.
Ev'ry time I hear a newborn baby cry, or touch a leaf, or see the sky,
Then I know why I believe!

Upon reading the above, I go deep inside, away from much negativity, and again am able to be loving and true to myself and others.

I am usually able to avoid being angry at any self-directed and other criticism or lack I may face, for I know that through this website I have and still am contributing to my own as well as others’ spiritual growth, hopefully one person and one day at a time.

I have rarely wanted in my life. I have been in poverty for a brief period. But I have had certain wants such as being a good speaker which I have as not yet fully realized. However, with the material I have written for my website I have the beginnings of being a good speaker and have already started on this career by speaking before the Scottish Rite Club of Oakland [Oakland County, Michigan].

Sometimes my needs and wants tend to tangle up my life. I guess this is a sign that I am still human. For example, I once received the word, “petty,” from spirit. I would agree that sometimes I would label my life as being petty, or meaningless. However, as soon as I started listening to “I Believe,” my life became more meaningful because I could see the good I have accomplished for myself and others.

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Through meditation and reading Viktor E. Frankl’s MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING (A Touchtone Book published by Simon & Schuster, New York, N.Y., 1984) I believe that some Jewish inmates of Auschwitz thought critically about the children playing. However, children and adults need “play” in their lives, so it was a natural reaction for the children to play with one another, especially if one child was asked by another. It gave purpose and meaning to their lives, even though they felt that they were going to die. But their playing was resumed on the other side, where they were provided with everything they needed from spirit to grow into the good, kind, loving, beautiful and intellectual children that they were before their death and will be when they reincarnate if they choose.

Of course, I have never experienced the trauma that survivors of Auschwitz experienced. I feel very insignificant in disclosing that the worse I have suffered is that I am overweight, have high blood pressure and take so much medication for it that some days I lack strength, and as a result am depressed. Thankfully I have been blessed by many healings, but what I learned from an Auschwitz survivor is that God was really present to them by their mere act of survival. To listen to the survivors speak about their ordeal assists me to believe I can survive mine!

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I have had some distinction in my life (some mentioned in “The Awesome Sage” in this website), and just today I received a plaque, a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Masonic Valley of Detroit for outstanding and dedicated service as President of the Oakland Scottish Rite Club. Yet, I look upon the creation of this website as the best achievement of my life. If anyone can see any value in what I wrote, then I will be able to say I accomplished something credible with my life.

I have gained much from tuning into spirit. The best I have received is that I feel forgiven for any way I have ever harmed anyone.

I believe, as did (or does) the late Francisco Coll, that meaning and purpose of life is obtained by recognizing in an unbiased, nonjudgmental way that he/she is (or was, if one is looking at his/her past) that he/she was (and is) able to be of service at least minimally to oneself and others.

When I pass on, when I enter Heaven, I hope to hear something equivalent to Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 2 in C Minor (The Resurrection) or Ralph Manuel’s “Alleluia,” celebrating my life where I recognized I have been of service the best I could be.

David C. Hakim
Rochester, Michigan
June 1, 2007